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Labour force status

Part A - Short definition:

Not applicable

Part B - Detailed definition:

Refers to whether a person was employed, unemployed or not in the labour force during the week of Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in February, March and April 2011. When enumeration has taken place before May 2011, the reference date used is the date on which the household was enumerated.

Reported in:


Reported for:

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s):

Derived variable: Questions 34 to 38


For the values for the Labour force status variable see:

Table 2.2 Values for the Labour force status variable


  1. For more information, see the definitions for Employed, Unemployed and Not in the labour force variables.
  2. The Labour force status categories were derived from the responses to the following questions on the National Household Survey questionnaire:
    • Hours worked for pay or in self-employment (Question 34)
    • On temporary lay-off or absent from job or business (Question 35)
    • New job to start in four weeks or less (Question 36)
    • Looked for full-time or part-time paid work in the past four weeks (Question 37)
    • Reasons unable to start a job (Question 38).
  3. See Figure 2.1 for the components of population and Labour force status variable.
  4. For information on the comparability of the 2011 National Household Survey labour force status data with those of the Labour Force Survey, see Appendix 2.1.
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